2015’s Top Wedding Trends | Part 2 – Destination Weddings

January 28th, 2015

There’s nothing more romantic than a destination wedding. Think about it. Who wouldn’t want to jetset off to a glorious beach resort, marry the love of their life, be surrounded by close friends and relatives, and then enjoy a honeymoon without having to go anywhere? From Mexico to Europe to luxurious locations right here in the United States, destination weddings are a huge trend right now. So grab your favorite umbrella drink and kick up your feet as we take you on a tour of our favorite destination wedding locations around the world!

Punta Mita, Mexico

The Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita is just 45 minutes from Puerta Vallarta. This secluded resort offers a spa, two golf courses, world-class snorkelling and a tequila tour.

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Paris, France

Le Meurice has breathtaking class and style and is located right in the heart of Paris. The hotel features a luxurious spa, grand ballrooms, incredible suites, and views of the Eiffel Tower.

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Santorini, Greece

The Canaves Oia Hotel in Santorini, Greece is set on the mountain side with stunning views of the Caldera and Aegean Seas. The hotel offers a private yacht for those who wish to tour the island.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Breathe in the fresh, salty island air at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu. The resort offers two-story, open-air suites, stunning pools,  and romantic ocean views.

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Santa Barbara, California

The Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara boasts of 78 acres of oceanfront property as well romantic garden pathways and Spanish-style architecture.

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Whether near or far, destination weddings have such an intimate and romantic feel to them. Let us plan your destination wedding – we promise it will be an Exquisite dream come true!

Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday!


Photos originally from The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Le Meurice, The Canaves Oia Hotel, The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, and The Bacara Resort and Spa.

2015’s Top Wedding Trends | Part 1 – Bridal Gowns

January 21st, 2015

For the next couple of weeks, we are taking a break from our event blogs to bring you what is HOT in 2015! We’ll be highlighting gowns, wedding decor, destination wedding sites, and more. We’d also love your suggestions! Email us here.

2015 Bridal Gown Trends

As we all know, fashion is always evolving. The bridal industry evolves even more so, as weddings are usually planned several months (or years) in advance. We want to take this week to profile two of 2015’s hottest bridal gown trends in today’s luxury market: high-neck lace gowns and elegant tulle-skirt gowns. Several luxury designers like Carolina HerreraMarchesa, Monique Lhuillier, and Oscar de la Renta have featured these trends in many of the gowns in their 2015 bridal collections.

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Camelia, Carolina Herrera, 2015

Camelia, Carolina Herrera, 2015

Marchesa, 2015

Marchesa, 2015

Freya, Monique Lhuillier, 2015

Freya, Monique Lhuillier, 2015

Campbell, Oscar de la Renta, 2015

Campbell, Oscar de la Renta, 2015

Tulle Skirt Bridal Gowns

Charlie, Carolina Herrera, 2015

Charlie, Carolina Herrera, 2015

Marchesa, 2015

Marchesa, 2015

Anouk, Monique Lhuillier, 2015

Anouk, Monique Lhuillier, 2015

Charlotte, Oscar de la Renta, 2015

Charlotte, Oscar de la Renta, 2015

These designers have even featured both trends in their gowns.

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Delfina, Carolina Herrera, 2015

Marchesa, 2015

Marchesa, 2015

Frost, Monique Lhuillier, 2015

Frost, Monique Lhuillier, 2015

Chelsea, Oscar de la Renta, 2015

Chelsea, Oscar de la Renta, 2015

Any one of these gowns will make you feel like a Disney princess on your special day. No bride can go wrong when highlighting these trends in their search for their perfect wedding dress!

Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday!


Photos originally from: Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta



The Grand Del Mar Wedding Experience

January 14th, 2015

It is rare for planners to attend events where they are able to sit and enjoy the event and be pampered along the way.  During Christmas, Paige Levy and Charles Stuart of San Diego Hotels: The Grand Del Mar – A San Diego Luxury Hotel hosted “A trip around the world in 24 hours.” They invited about 60 planners for a lovely evening of dinner and dancing and spared no detail!

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We checked in to the hotel, where each of us had our own King size luxury room overlooking the stunning grounds of the property. Hair and makeup appointments were set up for us by Call Me Beautiful where we were able to get dolled up for the evening festivities.

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As soon as we got ready, we headed to the hotel lobby for cocktail hour and this was where we were able to mingle and meet with all our friends in the industry.

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All of us were quite curious as to what was in store for the rest of the evening. We were escorted to the main ballroom and as the ballroom doors opened we were greeted by an incredible 20 piece band from Westcoast Music.

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The decor was absolutely spectacular with video mapped images of Italy and France on the walls. It felt as though we were in a Tuscan-Mediterranean dream. The tablescape was stunning by Kathy Wright and the furniture was nothing less than spectacular from Revelry Event Designers.

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We were treated to the most delectable Four Course meal while the band performed everything from Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift to Bel Biv Devoe and Boyz II Men. It was such a fun night and as you can see by the video, everyone was on the dance floor!

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After dinner, we were taken to the room next door where they had set up the after party and dessert. They had DJ Danno set up and the party continued!

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The next morning, we were treated to a full brunch including an omelet station, French toast, and everything in between before everyone checked out.

Thank you so much to Paige and Charles for having us. It was truly a “Grand Experience.”

Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday!

Twenty Things You Didn’t Know About Exquisite Events – The Bridal Circle

January 7th, 2015
We love to share images with you from our recent events but we would also like for you to get to know a little bit more about Nikki and Madiha. Here are 20 things you didn’t know about Exquisite Events (courtesy of The Bridal Circle).
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The powerhouse mother-daughter team at Exquisite Events, Nikki and Madiha Khan, have forged an incredible event design business together in sunny Southern California. Stylish, savvy and discerning, this talented duo specializes in producing extravagant Indian and Pakistani weddings and events, including Mehndi and Sangeet ceremonies, in addition to authentic Indian ceremonies.  Sumptuous dinner parties, soirees and other cultural celebrations are all executed with ease and professionalism.  Exquisite Events’ success has been showcased in such publications as Inside Weddings, Bride & Bloom, Ceremony, EastWest, Your Wedding Day and Grace Ormond, to name a few.

Since the month of November is all about family and thankfulness, we couldn’t think of a better pair to feature for 20 Things You Didn’t Know this month. Take a look below for 20 Things about Nikki and another 20 Things about Madiha. We loved getting to know each of these gorgeous ladies just a bit better, and seeing how they are alike – and so very different, too!

Read on and celebrate the beauty of family – and coworkers! – with us. Meet Nikki and Madiha!

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Nikki

  1. I spent my teen age years in Switzerland and attended the prestigious Swiss Finishing School.
  2. I have traveled extensively all over Europe and Asia.
  3. I have been married for 42 incredible years.
  4. I am the proud mother of four and doting grandma to 4 grandkids.
  5. I adore my daughter and partner in business, Madiha Khan, and consider it a privilege to work with her.
  6. I have lived in the US (LA) since 1972.
  7. I was born in Pakistan.
  8. I worked as a clinical dietician before launching Exquisite Events.
  9. I am a native Southern Californian.
  10. I take fashion and style seriously.
  11. I am obsessed with beautiful handbags and shoes.
  12. I enjoy reading in my spare time.
  13. I speak four languages.
  14. I love to entertain at home.
  15. I enjoy connecting with like-minded people and fostering lifelong friendships.
  16. My father was a Rhodes Scholar and spoke ten languages fluently.
  17. I went to UCLA and received my undergrad degree there.
  18. I had an amazing and memorable childhood in Pakistan.
  19. I am currently working on a coffee table book.
  20. I have developed wonderful and ever-lasting friendships with some of my clients.

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Madiha

  1. I got married at 23.
  2. I drive a manual Mini Cooper and have taken it to the track.
  3. I have a 3 year old son named Zayn.
  4. I love to dance.
  5. My favorite flower is a peony.
  6. I’m taking Italian lessons because I love all things Italian.
  7. I love to cook.
  8. I love warm weather – good thing I live in Cali!
  9. I have an extreme fear of flying and spiders.
  10. My favorite scents are Gardenia and Jasmin.
  11. I am obsessed with live music.
  12. I got LASIK surgery this year and it has changed my life.
  13. I love to play dress-up and be girly but I am a tomboy at heart.
  14. Dum and Dumber is one of my favorite comedies.
  15. I’m a huge Top Chef and Project Runway fan.
  16. I have 3 brothers and am an aunt to 2 nieces and a nephew.
  17. I went to an all-girls Catholic high school.
  18. I love classic rock.
  19. My first concert was U2 at Dodger Stadium on Halloween night in 1992 – I was 12.
  20. One of my favorite stores is Anthropologie.
Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday!
Cover photo by Jen O’Sullilvan

It’s a Wrap! Looking Back on 2014

December 31st, 2014

2014 was a quite a unique year because Nikki traveled the globe either as a speaker or a guest along with planning weddings.  Since Nikki’s goal is to expand Exquisite Events to an international market, it was a year full of discovery, fun, interest and a great learning experience.  Exquisite Events was also busy with planning Exquisite weddings in Las Vegas, Northern California and, of course, Los Angeles, which is home for Exquisite Events.

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Nikki and Madiha also sponsored and planned, designed and coordinated a fundraiser for a cause that is very near and dear to their hearts for the second year in a row.   The organization‘s goal is to encourage female education so they can in turn empower the communities.  In the last eleven plus years, they have opened hundreds of schools and their students have gone on to get a higher education.  Luckily, the event was able to raise a lot of money for the cause which always brings insurmountable joy to her personally.

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In April, Nikki flew to Athens for a destination wedding planners congress where she was invited as a guest, got to meet with suppliers from several countries and came back with a wealth of knowledge.  Nikki and Madiha then flew to Miami for the ICE event that was planned by Sade Awe of Bridal Circle. They met up with some amazing industry peers and got to hear Jo Malone, Co-Owner of Gilt and some luxury properties from all around the globe to name a few.  The event was spectacular in every aspect and kudos to Sade for putting that on.

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November was a busy month at Exquisite Events when Nikki flew to Cancun to be a speaker at ISSE and then to Moscow, Russia where she was invited to speak at the invitation of Wedding Business Summit.  The trip was informative, interesting and thought provoking.

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As the year comes to an end, it is our goal to continue to serve our clients in the best way possible and continue to provide an unparalleled and unforgettable experience to all our clients.

We are looking forward to amazing partnerships in 2015, lots of travels and of course lots of “Exquisite weddings.”

Stay tuned!!!!

We wish all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!!!

Nikki Speaks at ISS Experience in Cancun

December 24th, 2014

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Nikki was approached by ISSE to speak in Cancun in the beginning of November.  The topic was “producing cross cultural weddings with ease.”  She was also part of a break out session with Sarah Haywood and Diann Valentine and talked about “connecting with luxury clientele.”  She got to Cancun on Monday evening and was able to meet the organizer, Stacie Francombe, and the speakers at the welcome reception.

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The next day, Nikki spoke at 10 am which was received very well with a lot of Q and A at the end of the talk.

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That night, a fabulous dinner was planned offsite in Playa Del Carmen.  The setting was beautiful and several stations serving Mexican cuisine were spread throughout the dinner area.

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A lovely band was playing music and the group was entertained by Mexican dancers.  It was an enchanting night.

The following day, Stacie had planned several breakout sessions for attendees and Nikki was thrilled to be on the panel with her two friends, Diann Valentine and Sarah Haywood from UK.  The session went very well with William Miller as a moderator.

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There was a lovely lunch followed by the breakout session with a gala dinner at night.

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Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday! Happy Holidays!

Nikki’s Talk in Moscow

December 17th, 2014

Early this year, we got a phone call from Russia.  Someone from the other end wished to speak with Nikki and identified herself as Kate from Wedding Business Summit.  This was regarding a conference they were putting together in Moscow in November and wanted Nikki to be one of the speakers.

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There were three other speakers from the U.S that were invited to be part of this Summit.  Once the agreement was signed and all the obligations were fulfilled, Nikki left Los Angeles on Nov 21st to go to Moscow not knowing what to expect.  Youngsong from Wildflower Linens was her travel companion and also one of the speakers.  They were greeted at the airport by a gentleman that was hired by the Summit.  After checking in the hotel, they decided to freshen up and explore the city.  The weather was cold and it was fun to walk around in layers of clothes. They had an early dinner and decided to call it a night.

The next day they were driven to the venue where the Summit was taking place.  It was buzzing with the activity of enthusiastic planners eager to learn.  Nikki was introduced to the attendees and presented her talk amidst thunderous applause each time décor shots were shown and the background of each shot was explained.

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There were a ton of questions after the talk as well as a panel discussion.

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At the end of the Summit, the speakers were each given a plaque for participation.

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Since the talk was over, they decided to venture to the city with the car and driver that was provided by the Summit.  Sergue, their guide, spoke perfect English and drove them around the city.

The next day, they decided to explore the city during daylight hours.  It had started to snow on Monday morning and the air was crisp and fresh. The first stop was the Kremlin.

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After spending a few hours there, they spotted the Four Seasons Hotel and decided to check it out.

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As luck would have it, the manager at the hotel had worked at Beverly Wilshire and was thrilled to show us around as well as treat us to a decadent afternoon tea.  What a small world!  He also remembered Nikki’s event at the Rodeo Terrace with tents and canopies and a fashion show.  It was great to be indoors sipping the hot tea and chatting with the staff.

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The hotel was officially going to open in three weeks but we fell in love with the Art Deco Interior and took some photos.

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After that it was a few more sights and back to the hotel.

Stay tuned for Nikki and Young’s visit to Cancun next Wednesday! Have an Exquisite day!

Curious Zayn goes to the Zoo

December 10th, 2014

This weekend we took a family trip to the Santa Barbara zoo. We have been bringing Zayn here since he was 8 months old and now that he is almost 3, he is much more aware of all the animals that he reads about  in his books. This is one of the most beautiful, well maintained zoos with the most lush floral and fauna and it is perfect to get there at lunch time and have a picnic on the grassy hill overlooking the beach. I highly recommend a visit to the Santa Barbara zoo!




Zayn was so excited for the reptile and insect display-Eeeww is right!










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After running around at the zoo, we headed over to the pier to catch the sunset. We lucked out with such a beautiful day!





Hope you enjoy and have an Exquisite Day!



Cool as ICE!

December 3rd, 2014

We had the opportunity to attend the inaugural Inner Circle Experience (ICE) this year, a conference held at the St Regis Bal Harbour Resrot in Miami! Sade Awe, the founder of the Bridal Circle, invited 50 influential people in the event planning world to the first Inner Circle Experience and we were so happy to be included!

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The first day we had a meet and greet in the morning with Alexis Maybank, co-founder of Gilt (which we shop on quite often). The day was then full of sessions from social media experts, to strategic visionaries for luxury brands.



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 Lunch was served at the J&G Grill where we were able to mingle and get to know the attendees over a delicious meal served family style by the restaurant

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Since the event is called The Inner Circle Experience, Jose Graterol created these sphere structures that were reminiscent of circles-very creative!



After our afternoon sessions, we had the chance to go up to our rooms, relax, and get ready for the welcome dinner that was in the pool area. It was such a beautiful night with the breeze blowing and the full moon’s reflection over the ocean right in front of us. The St Regis really outdid themselves on the food the entire stay. I loved the little gold faberge egg caviar cups-so thoughtful considering Geza von Habsburg was going to be speaking about the reign of Faberge the next day.

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The next morning day was packed with sessions from Geza von Habsburg, the specialist in Faberge, to Chris Austin who is the VP of Global Luxury for Starwood Properties to Shaun Rowan, Director of Education for Jo Malone London

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Another incredible lunch at the Atlantico Dining Room followed the morning sessions. Loved the linen provided by Nuage Designs!

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The finale night was so fun! After our sessions, we had the opportunity to get pampered and glammed by Blushing Beauty for the evening Fete.

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The room looked absolutely spectacular! It was as if we stepped into a modern day Gold and Mirror Gatsby party. As Sade mentioned, it is hard to “WOW” these attendees but we were all blown away! Hats off to Jose Graterol Designs, Redbliss, and Nuage Designs for making it all come together so beautifully.


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Stunning florals by Jose Graterol Designs!



Gorgeous mirrored menus created by the talented Christine Traulich of Redbliss Design-such a great memento!

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Rock With U Entertainment managed to keep all of us on our feet the entire night! They were an incredible band and so unique…really looking forward to working with them


Such a great experience meeting new friends and seeing old ones! Can’t wait for the Inner Circle Experience 2015 in Puerto Rico!

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Thank you Stephanie Cross for some amazing shots on the Fete evening!

Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel in California

November 26th, 2014

Lynda and Marc are from Texas and decided they wanted to have a destination wedding in California on the beach. They chose the gorgeous St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel which was perfect for all of their out of town guests who stayed at both the St Regis and the neighboring Ritz Carlton Hotel.

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The couple wanted to honor both cultures and religions so we held a Hindu ceremony on the grand lawn under the existing gazebo and then we turned it around an hour later for the Catholic ceremony.

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It turned out to be such a gorgeous day and after the Catholic ceremony we had doves released which just made it magical.

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Following the Catholic ceremony we had a violinist escort all the guests to the Club 19 lawn which is where the couple made their Grand Entrance and had their first dance.

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For photo purposes they wanted to have their first dance outside with the ocean in the background and the sun setting and it was perfect!

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We then escorted the guests into the dining area where the hotel set up the most incredible buffet with stations of seafood, sushi,  pastas, and dosas to name a few.

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There were henna artists and an incredible entertainment group who danced to bollywood songs and got the dance floor started.

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At the end of the evening the couple was sent off by all their guests with sparklers.

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It was such a great day filled with so much love from all of their friends and family who flew in for the wedding.

Have an Exquisite Day and we will see you next Wednesday!

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